OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 21: Shin-Soo Choo #17 of the Texas Rangers is congratulated by Alex Rios #51 after Choo hit a lead-off home run against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the first inning at O.co Coliseum on April 21, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
The good news: Unlike a lot of Rangers, Shin-Soo Choo is healthy.
Bad news: He’s in a very unhealthy slump.
Because of all the injuries Choo has been shuttled between lead-off and hitting No. 3 in manager Ron Washington’s order. It is affecting his stats, if not his mindset.
In last night’s 3-2 loss to the Indians Choo’s slump reached desperate proportions as he attempted to bunt for a hit leading off the 8th inning. In his last 66 at-bats he’s now hitting a sickly .164 with only two extra-base hits. As the No. 3 hitter, he’s hitting only .241.
None of those numbers resemble the player the Rangers thought they were getting in free agency last winter.
Asked about Choo’s declining numbers, manager Ron Washington told reporters Sunday that, “I told him to stay Choo.”
Turns out the Rangers need something old out of Choo.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.